I first started documenting the NYPD ticketing cyclists back in 2011, when it seemed to be a coordinated effort by local law enforcement to “crackdown” on illegal cycling maneuvers. Based on several reports, and random postings like this on twitter:
It seems as if the police are at it once again in the coldest months of the year and with ridership at it’s lowest. Most of the NYC cycling community would agree there is a lot of bad biking out there but an organized effort by the police to enforce traffic laws on cyclists is infuriating especially in light of recent events where reckless motorists have killed bikers and pedestrians.
Two incredibly tragic events happened within the last two weeks:
A 7 year old, Amar Diarrassouba was killed in Harlem walking to school last week and there was the gut renching story of a pregnant hasidic couple (21 year old-Nachman and Raizy Glauber) killed on the way to the hospital by a hit-and-run driver.
Reckless driving is often left unchecked and many commuters in NYC feel if there is any coordinated effort by the NYPD to make our streets safer it should be focused on vehicles leading to fatalities.
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There has been some positive activity on the NYPD taking vehicular violence more seriously. The NY Times reports that after much criticism of the NYPD’s lack of investigating car crashes, things are starting to change.
After Criticism, Police Change Policy and Begin Investigating More Traffic Crashes
By: Matt Flegenheimer and J. David Goodman
Published: March 10, 2013
In a marked shift of protocol, the New York Police Department has begun conducting robust investigations of traffic crashes that result in critical injuries but not certain or likely death. In the past, investigators from a specialized unit, the Accident Investigation Squad, were sent only when at least one victim had died or was deemed by first responders to be “likely to die.”
The new policy was outlined in a letter sent last week from the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, to the City Council. Under it, the department’s crash investigators will be summoned “when there has been a critical injury or when a Police Department duty captain believes the extent of the injuries and/or unique circumstances of a collision warrant such action,” Mr. Kelly wrote.
read more here.